The US Department of Defence has recently awarded Boeing an $86 million contract for the first full-rate production lot of Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS).
Under this contract, Boeing will produce the JHMCS for US Air Force and Air National Guard F-15 Eagles, USAF F-16 Fighting Falcons, US Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, and four international customers.
The program anticipates the US military and international customers will order a total of more than 2,000 JHMCS, with initial delivery of over 250 systems on this contract scheduled for March 2005.
First used in Operation Iraqi Freedom, JHMCS gives pilots the ability to rapidly acquire and designate a target by looking at it. By putting an aiming cross, which is projected on the helmet visor, over the desired target and pressing a button, the pilot can aim the weapons and sensors to designate and attack airborne or ground targets.
JHMCS also displays aircraft altitude, airspeed and angle of attack on the visor, as well as tactical information, to increase the pilot’s awareness of the state of his aircraft and the combat situation.